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Winston & Strawn LLP
333 SOUTH GRAND AVENUE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90071
United States

Dispute resolution > E-discovery Tier 1

In the words of one client, Winston & Strawn LLP is home to ‘one of the most impressive e-discovery practices in the world’. The group, which includes an extensive technical staff in addition to lawyers, uses innovative tools such as artificial intelligence (AI) engines to advise on issues including big-ticket litigation, M&A transactions, information governance and investigations. The ‘very knowledgeable’ John Rosenthal heads up the practice from Washington DC and acts as national e-discovery counsel for a number of major corporations. Also in Washington DC, senior e-discovery attorney Jason Moore is well-versed in antitrust, complex commercial, healthcare, and product liability litigation, in addition to assisting with regulatory issues. Sheryl Falk co-chairs the firm’s global privacy and data security practice from the Houston office and has experience of helping clients with responding to data security incidents and investigating claims of trade secret theft.

Practice head(s):

John Rosenthal

Other key lawyers:

Sheryl Falk; Jason Moore; Matthew Poplawski

Testimonials

‘Very experienced e-discovery practice’

‘John Rosenthal is very knowledgeable about all e-discovery issues, and a forceful advocate.’

‘Winston has one of the most impressive e-discovery practices in the world. They have top tier e-discovery consulting and document/data review as well as one of the best e-discovery advocacy practices. They are very good at getting into the weeds of the technology at their clients and the discovery vendors.’

‘Jon Rosenthal is one of the best e-discovery lawyers in the US. One his great strengths is how good he is in the courtroom and before judges about e-discovery matters.’

Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers Tier 1

Dan Webb – Winston & Strawn LLP. A career-long trial lawyer who has been first-chair lawyer in over 100 jury trials, Dan Webb‘s strong track record includes acting as chief trial counsel in one of the most significant antitrust merger challenges in the healthcare industry in the past decade. In 2021, he was particularly prolific in the aviation industry and white-collar criminal trials continue to be area of particular strength for him. He also focuses on major commercial, civil and regulatory disputes. Webb’s practice is based in Chicago.Abbe Lowell – Winston & Strawn LLP. Washington DC based Abbe Lowell‘s success rate in the courtroom is particularly impressive, with twenty-seven wins and just one loss to his name. Work includes representing high-profile individuals such as former US Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor in relation to an extradition request by the US Department of Justice and the Ministry of Justice of Japan. Lowell is also currently first-chair lawyer defending a real estate developer Ruel Hamilton in a federal case involving corruption.Tom Melsheimer – Winston & Strawn LLP. ‘Smart, prepared, entertaining and convincing‘ litigator and trial lawyer Tom Melsheimer has a broad practice both as a federal prosecutor and as a private practitioner. Experienced in high value matters, Melsheimer was retained to defend Kent Thiry in a large-scale DaVita criminal antitrust trial scheduled for March 2022. On the government side, Melsheimer was instrumental as first-trial lawyer in achieving an injunction blocking Texas Governor Abbott’s Texas-wide ban on mask mandates in public schools. Melsheimer is based in Dallas.George Lombardi – Winston & Strawn LLP. Chicago-based George Lombardi ‘offers good strategic insights and has a depth of experience actually trying cases‘. He is best known for his strong track record in complex life sciences and consumer product issues, as well as acting for clients in the healthcare sector. His cases often involve significant and complex legal issues, and his success rate is impressive. Notably, Lombardi represented Monsanto Company in the first product liability jury trial involving Roundup in the US, defending against claims that the herbicide causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Jeffrey Kessler – Winston & Strawn LLP. New-York based Jeffrey Kessler has served as lead trial counsel in some of the most complex antitrust, sports, trade, and commercial trials in the US. His practice often focuses on antitrust and sports law; notably securing a unanimous US Supreme Court verdict for classes of Division I college football and basketball players against the NCAA in a landmark antitrust challenge in 2021.

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      ‘Tom Melsheimer is smart, prepared, entertaining and convincing. His presentations are cogent and empathetic.’

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        ‘George Lombardi is a smart, talented lawyers and a good collaborator. He offers good strategic insights and has a depth of experience trying cases that is beneficial both at trial and during the case work-up process.’

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            Industry focus > Energy: renewable/alternative power Tier 1

            The sizeable energy industry group at Winston & Strawn LLP fields multidisciplinary knowledge in practice areas key to the successful completion of transactions involving power and renewable assets, and the financing and development of renewable energy projects. The team is seen with great regularity acting for financial firms in debt financings for renewable and alternative energy projects and portfolios, but particularly stands out for its track record in finance and development work involving energy storage, and securitization and finance of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) assets. Over the last year the practice continued to be active in energy M&A deals, and in the negotiation of Power Purchase Agreements and storage agreements for a wide range of offtakers. The department is jointly led by four practitioners based across the country: Mike Blankenship in New York, Joe Karp in San Francisco, and Mike Pikiel and Rich Shutran in New York. Shutran’s experience encompasses a cross-section of M&A transactions, finance and development work, attracting mandates from major developments, owners and operators of energy projects. Also in NY, Jonathan Birenbaum  acts for strategic and financial participants in financings, projects, acquisitions and dispositions involving alternative and conventional power assets. Besides being a ‘go-to lawyer for power purchase agreements‘, Karp is among the premier energy project development lawyers in the US; his experience spans wind, solar, biomass, geothermal and other technologies. Laurae Rossi in Los Angeles stands out in for her capabilities in renewable energy projects and leads on several sophisticated debt transactions.

            Practice head(s):

            Mike Pikiel; Rich Shutran; Joe Karp; Mike Blankenship

            Other key lawyers:

            Laurae Rossi; Jonathan Birenbaum; Chris Kolosov; Tom Solomon

            Testimonials

            ‘The team at Winston has all of the necessary expertise and harnesses its institutional knowledge of its clients very well. What makes the team special is their level of dedication to their clients. They are always available to their clients, happy to help, and a pleasure to speak with. Though not litigators, they advocate for their client in a reasonable and even-handed manner, building credibility with all parties’ counsel.’

            ‘Jonathan Birenbaum is a wonderful human being. If he were a physician, he would be described as having a gracious, witty, and kind bedside manner. His gregariousness belies his years of experience, industriousness, and insight as to how to avoid future potential perils.’

            ‘Joe Karp is our go-to lawyer for power purchase agreements. He is very good at negotiating with our counter-parties; personable yet firm.’

            ‘Joe Karp is at the very top end of our outside counsel. He is really viewed as a part of our team.’

            ‘Chris Kolosov is an extremely hard working, efficient and effective construction lawyer especially when it comes to post contract disputes.’

            Key clients

            7X Energy, Inc.

            AxInfra US LP (Axium Infrastructure)

            Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

            Hecate Energy LLC

            HSBC Bank USA, National Association

            John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.)

            Keybank N.A.

            MJE-Loop Capital Partners LLC

            Work highlights

            • Represented Hecate Energy LLC (Hecate) in connection with a sale of a 40% minority interest to global energy powerhouse Repsol.
            • Represented HSBC Bank USA, N.A. in connection with a $1.75bn debt facility comprising a  construction, term loan, and letter of credit financing for four wind projects, with approximately 1,050 MW of capacity; and construction of a 150-mile 345 kV transmission line, both located in New Mexico.
            • Continues to represent clients in the securitization of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) bonds originated in residential PACE programs administered nationwide.

            Industry focus > Sport Tier 1

            Winston & Strawn LLP is distinguishable for its strong litigation practice, representing individual athletes, major players’ associations, sport franchises, and leagues. The practice is jointly led by Jeffrey Kessler and David Feher , while David Greenspan heads the college sports practice. Kessler is a prominent litigator and successfully represented a class of current and former Division I college basketball and FBS football players in a lawsuit alleging the NCAA had violated antitrust laws. In addition, Feher and Greenspan have notable experience in litigation and arbitration, often handling matters for sports and player’s associations respectively. Other notable team members include Jonathan Amoona, regarded for his work on both litigation and transactional matters, and San Francisco-based Jeanifer Parsigian, a litigator in antitrust, sports and commercial matters. Associate Adam Dale is also noted for his work on labor and antitrust issues. All named lawyers are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

            Practice head(s):

            Jeffrey Kessler; David Feher; David Greenspan

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            Testimonials

            ‘Winston & Strawn really took the time to understand my case. It became very complicated at times but the team never backed down.They brought in highly credible expert witnesses that were very respectable in the disabled community. The team discussed every strategy with me and asked for my personal advice on certain situations. My case was very controversial but they were able to present a strong case on my behalf. I really appreciated the extra effort and time the team took for the specific research in regards to the disabled community. I’m very grateful for all the hard work and dedication that was used for my case. A million times thank you.’

            ‘Individually I noticed that each member of the team really understood the purpose of the case. Each member brought their own set of strengths and values to my case. From talking to the media or battling through emails they understood how to professionally get our point across. Each member humbled and sacrificed their selflessness for not only for me but for the whole disabled community! I was in constant contact with David Greenspan, Jeffrey Kessler and Angela Smedley throughout the whole case. I even remember going through notes and paper work with the team on Christmas. Instead of spending time with family, friends, and loved ones they were up fighting for me. As a professional athlete, seeing Winston & Strawn fight for me gave me even more motivation to keep fighting for myself. Thank you!’

            ‘Depth of knowledge in wide variety of issues in the sports law space. Unique ability to distill legal concepts into practical advice. Excellent client service – always responsive.’

            ‘Jeffrey Kessler is a standout. The kind of lawyer where the actual support exceeds an impeccable reputation.’

            ‘Its encyclopedic expertise, redoubtable record and reputation, and its singular practitioners are nonpareil.’

            ‘Brilliant advocacy; intellectual superiority; prodigious accomplishment; courteous and responsive communication; unquestioned integrity. For decades I have entrusted my clients’ stake to their representation without reservation.’

            ‘The team, in particular Jeffrey Kessler, is extremely knowledgeable, flexible and adaptable on sports related matters. Really appreciated that their advice was always clear, to the point and very pragmatic. They have impressive availability and are very quick to respond and provide assistance.’

            ‘Jeffrey Kessler has a very clear, pragmatic and to the point approach and great flexibility to approach complex or more exotic claims. Outstanding communication, always highlights risks/options in a very clear manner.’  

            Key clients

            Classes of current and former Division 1 college football and basketball players

            National Football League Players Association

            United States Women’s National Team

            National Basketball Players Association

            Major League Baseball Players Association

            North American Soccer League

            Disabled athlete Blake Leeper

            Super Slam Ltd.

            Relevent Sports

            JPMorgan Chase Bank

            Activision Blizzard, Inc.

            William Morris Endeavor

            Klutch Sports Group

            MVP Sports Group

            Work highlights

            • Represented classes of Division 1 college football and basketball athletes in an antitrust challenge in connection with the NCAA’s no-compensation rules.
            • Represented the Major League Baseball Players Association in litigation following Major League Baseball’s decision to move its All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver.
            • Represented Stanford University student athletes advocated for a breach-of-contract, fraud, and misrepresentation lawsuit on behalf of various Stanford University student athletes.

            M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 1

            At Winston & Strawn LLP, the corporate team is able to call upon the wider firm's extensive tax, antitrust and regulatory expertise to provide a full-service offering to clients. The practice is instructed on a comprehensive array of matters including public and private M&A, cross-border deals, take-private transactions, carve-outs and distressed acquisitions. Based in Chicago, Matthew Costigan is especially well-versed within the consumer product, financial services and banking fields; he co-leads the practice alongside Uri Doron whose broad industry expertise includes industrials, defense, biomedical, pharmaceuticals and fashion. Costigan is supported locally by Matthew Bergmann , a veteran of countless M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions, as well as Timothy Kincaid who supplements his transactional prowess with contract, entity formation and corporate governance knowhow. TMT sector specialist Katie Blaszak joined the Washington DC office from Eversheds Sutherland in February 2021.

            Practice head(s):

            Matt Costigan; Uri Doron

            Other key lawyers:

            Matthew Bergmann; Timothy Kincaid; Katie Blaszak; Eva Davis; Christina Tate; Allen Miller; Oscar David

            Testimonials

            ‘Committed to executing aggressive timelines’

            ‘ Eva Davis has been the most key resource for us. Her practical advice based on what makes business sense has been very helpful to us on multiple projects.’

             

            Key clients

            AAR Corp.

            Alkuri Global Acquisition Corp.

            Alkuri Global Acquisition Corp.

            Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.

            American Access Casualty Company

            Beam Suntory Inc.

            Boxwood Merger Corp.

            Chart Industries, Inc.

            Corning Incorporated

            Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp.

            Diginex Limited

            Dune Acquisition Corp.

            Echo Global Logistics, Inc.

            FAST Acquisition Corp.

            Fathom Digital Manufacturing Corporation

            Forum Merger II Corporation

            Founder SPAC

            Glycom A/S

            Grundfos Holding A/S

            Holicity, Inc.

            International Dehydrated Foods, LLC

            Kainos Capital

            KAR Auction Services, Inc.

            Kleinfelder Group

            Koppers, Inc.

            LAACO, Ltd.

            Miffin Associates Corp.

            Molina Healthcare

            Morningstar, Inc.

            Motorola Solutions

            Netfin Acquisition Corp.

            NexPoint Advisors, L.P.

            Quantam FinTech Acquisition Corporation

            R1 RCM, Inc.

            Reyes Holding, LLC

            Sandvik Mining and Construction BV

            Surgical Science Sweden AB

            Thomas Publishing Company

            TreeHouse Foods, Inc.

            Velocity Acquisition Corp.

            Wind Point Partners

            Silva International, Inc.

            Skillz, Inc.

            SW Brewing Company

            Work highlights

            • Represented Danfoss A/S in its acquisition of Eaton’s Hydraulics business for a cash purchase price of $3.3bn.
            • Represented Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (Nasdaq: ECHO), a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, in its definitive agreement to be acquired by funds managed by The Jordan Company, L.P., a global private equity firm, for an equity value of approximately $1.3bn.
            • Represented Miffin Associates Corp. in connection with its $2.2bn sale to certain affiliates of Millicom International Cellular, S.A. (“Millicom”) of a 45% equity interest in Tigo Guatemala, the wireless telecommunications business in Guatemala previously owned and operated as a joint venture between Miffin and Millicom.

            Antitrust > Cartel Tier 2

            Winston & Strawn LLP has a highly successful record in cartel litigation, defending a wide range of clients in trials and enforcement proceedings relating to cartel activity, including high-profile representations in the auto parts, broiler chicken, and lithium ion batteries investigations. The firm represents companies and executives in government investigations and criminal proceedings, and has further developed its offering with a number of labour market cases, mostly notably relating to no-poach agreements. The practice is led from New York by Jeffrey Kessler, an experienced litigator who has argued in high-profile antitrust cases up to Supreme Court level, most notably leading the team arguing the Alston v NCAA case, which was ruled on in June 2021, and has broad expertise across international cartel litigation, alongside Eva Cole, who is focused on international cartel investigations, acting for clients in a variety of jurisdictions, and led on the firm’s successful representation of the Bearings defendants in the auto parts cartel investigation. Chicago’s Jim Herbison has played a key role in cases in the broiler chicken sector, while Washington DC-based Heather Lamberg is active across government and internal investigations, regularly appearing against the FTC and DOJ. New York’s Jeffrey Amato has handled government investigations in numerous jurisdictions across Latin America and Asia, and also played a key role in litigation relating to the lithium ion batteries investigation, representing Panasonic.

            Practice head(s):

            Jeffrey Kessler; Eva Cole

            Testimonials

            The team is incredibly responsive.’

            ‘Very responsive, knowledgeable, and willing to assist with generally anything.’

            Key clients

            Panasonic Corporation and related entities

            NTN Corporation

            Hitachi Metals

            Corning Inc.; Corning International Kabushiki Kaisha

            Fresenius

            JTEKT Corporation; JTEKT North America Corporation; Koyo France SA; Koyo Deuthchland GmbH

            Nippon Seiki

            Discover Financial Services

            Norman W. Fries, Inc. (d/b/a Claxton Poultry Farms)

            Relevent Sports, LLC

            Camber Pharmaceuticals

            Delta Dental Insurance Company

            Equifax, Inc.

            Work highlights

            • Representing Panasonic, NTN, JTEKT, Corning, Nippon Seiki, and Hitachi Metals in the auto parts MDL.
            • Defending Claxton Poultry Farms in a series of over 15 consolidated antitrust class actions involving allegations that the nation’s largest poultry producers conspired to fix the price of broiler chickens.
            • Representing a major global investment bank and serving as joint defense liaison counsel in a massive antitrust MDL where primary dealers of treasury securities are accused of collusion and manipulation of the $12 trillion annual treasuries market.

            Antitrust > Civil litigation/class actions: defense Tier 2

            Winston & Strawn LLP is known for its ‘deep knowledge, experience, and expertise in US antitrust matters, both from a litigation standpoint and from a counselling perspective’. In recent times, the firm has been particularly active in the financial services sector, although its reach spans a variety of industries including technology, food, pharmaceuticals, as well as sports and entertainment. Jeffrey Kessler, who brings to bear expertise at the intersection of antitrust with sports law and intellectual property matters, and Eva Cole , whose clients include corporations and individuals, jointly lead the department from New York. ‘Brilliant, hard-working, standout trial lawyer’ James Herbison, based in Chicago, handles class actions and civil litigation relating to price-fixing, bid-rigging, and other unfair competition issues. In New York, Heather Lamberg  represents clients on both sides of the aisle in antitrust litigation, while high-tech expert Susannah Torpey and chair of college sports sub-practice David Greenspan are further names to note in the firm’s New York office.

            Practice head(s):

            Jeffrey Kessler; Eva Cole

            Testimonials

            ‘In depth subject matter expertise. Strong government connections. Ability to quickly and succinctly deliver practical advice.’

            ‘I strongly recommend Heather Lamberg in the DC office of this firm. She is very smart to quickly grasp the essence of the matter.’

            ‘Deep knowledge, experience, and expertise in US antitrust matters, both from a litigation standpoint and from a counseling perspective. The antitrust team at Winston has been incredibly effective in the courtroom during litigation and in providing sound legal advice for navigating complex antitrust issues affecting our business.’

            ‘They are always available for virtual meetings, turnaround projects/assignments timely, and produce high quality work-product. I have enjoyed working with them and look forward to continued engagement on future matters.’

            ‘Relentless in their efforts, and peerless industry knowledge and experience; superior trial advocacy and experience.’

            ‘Jim Herbison is a brilliant, hard-working, standout trial lawyer.’

            ‘Jeffrey Kessler is the most knowledgeable and effective lawyer in America when it comes to antitrust law in sports. He is also extremely responsive and communicative. He goes above and beyond when he takes a case.’

            ‘Winston & Strawn was a wonderful partner and guide during a challenging process. The team worked well together, with each individual contributing distinct and valuable expertise. Everyone was cooperative and respectful of the work our team members were balancing, in addition to tasks related to the matter.’

            Key clients

            Baxter International

            Camber Pharmaceuticals

            Classes of current and former Div. 1 football and basketball players

            Norman W. Fries, dba Claxton Poultry

            Delta Dental Insurance Company and affiliates

            Discover Financial Services

            Englewood Healthcare Foundation

            Equifax, Inc.

            Harmoni Spice Co. Ltd.

            JTEKT Corporation

            KSA Lighting & Controls, Inc.

            Metaswitch Networks

            Monsanto Company

            Motorola Solutions

            National Football League Players Association (NFLPA)

            National Pork Producers Council

            North American Soccer League (NASL)

            NorthShore University HealthSystem

            NTN Corporation

            Nuveen, LLC

            Panasonic Corporation

            PetIQ

            Relevent Sports Group

            SANYO

            Kent Thiry (former CEO of DaVita)

            TreeHouse Foods

            U.S. Women’s Nation Team (USWNT) [soccer]

            Well Fargo

            WestRock Corporation

            William Morris Endeavor

            Zillow Group, Inc.

            Work highlights

            • Representing Motorola Solutions in a significant antitrust case filed against it by competitor Hytera as well as a parallel class action filed shortly thereafter brought by plaintiffs alleging that the client orchestrated a scheme to monopolize the U.S. market for land mobile radios.

            Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

            Winston & Strawn LLP is ‘characterized by personalized service, experienced and fluent Spanish-speaking attorneys, and attorneys who have worked at the DOJ and SEC’. The firm offers a practice that is global in scope and well versed in with cross-border investigations and enforcement actions. The team, which includes former prosecutors and US Attorneys, is led by New York’s Suzanne Jaffe BloomAbbe Lowell, who is based in New York and Washington DC; Angela Machala in Los Angeles; North Carolina’s Jack Knight; and the Chicago-based Steve Grimes. Other key practitioners include Chicago’s Dan Webb, an experienced trial lawyer, and San Francisco’s Pamela Davis. In March 2021, Carol Chen joined in Los Angeles from the US Attorney’s Office, Central District of California, and in May of the same year, Jonathan Brightbill joined from the Environmental & Natural Resources Division of the DOJ in Washington DC.

            Practice head(s):

            Suzanne Jaffe Bloom; Abbe Lowell; Angela Machala; Jack Knight; Steve Grimes

            Other key lawyers:

            Dan Webb; Pamela Davis; Winston Kirton; Amandeep Sidhu; Reed Stephens; Jonathan Brightbill; Carol Chen

            Testimonials

            ‘The strength of this team lies in its unique experience. While I cannot compare with other similar law firms, my own experience with them was smooth, efficient, and professional.’

            ‘All interactions including remote meetings were handled efficiently and in a timely fashion using appropriate technology. Remarkably, there were no disruptions due to the pandemic.’

            ‘My experience with counsel at Winston Strawn LLP has been nothing but outstanding.’

            ‘Each member of the firm with whom I’ve worked possesses a superb educational pedigree, exceeded only by their ability to obtain successful results in their wide and varied areas of practice.’

            ‘Each attorney is highly skilled, professional, communicative and possesses a temperament far above most of their peers.’

            ‘This firm is characterized by personalized service, experienced and fluent Spanish-speaking attorneys, and attorneys who have worked at the DOJ and SEC, which is important for the matters they handle.’

            ‘Abbe Lowell has extensive experience in dealing with the DOJ and SEC, and FCPA-related matters.’

            Associate Rodolfo Herrera-Moro has good availability to handle matters and is based in Mexico and fluent in Spanish.’

            Key clients

            Encore Rehabilitation Services

            Associated British Foods PLC

            AIG Property Casualty Co. and certain affiliates

            Ruel Malcolm Hamilton

            Carlos Marcelino Bellosta Pallares

            Rafael Ramirez, the former U.N. Ambassador to Venezuela, former Minister of Energy for Venezuela, and former head of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA)

            Work highlights

            • Represented and counselled Encore Rehabilitation Services, LLC in connection with multiple False Claims Act (FCA) investigations by the DOJ and several U.S. Attorney’s Offices.
            • Represented a major U.S. government defense contractor in connection with a False Claims Act matter relating to allegedly false or fraudulent statements about the functionality of radars under government contract, as well as a related whistleblower claim for retaliation.
            • Represented Rafael Ramirez in private civil litigation regarding alleged corruption at PDVSA.

            Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes Tier 2

            Winston & Strawn LLP showcases considerable expertise in a range of litigation matters, such as breach of contract, unfair competition, breach of fiduciary duty, product liabiltiy and mass torts cases. Clients are often active in the financial services, energy, and insurance sectors. The group also handles appellates and critical motions. Amanda Groves in Los Angeles and Thomas Walsh  in Dallas lead the complex commercial litigation group of the firm, while the Chicago-based Steven D’Amore and George Lombardi head up the global litigation practice. Dan Webb, also in Chicago, is noted for covering commercial, civil, regulatory, and white-collar criminal cases. Houston’s Denise Scofield combines commercial and environmental know-how. Kelly Librera  in New York is a key contact in insurance coverage disputes. Other prominent practitioners are Paula Hinton  and Michael Murphy, both in Houston.

            Practice head(s):

            Amanda Groves; Thomas Walsh

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            Testimonials

            ‘From start to completion, the W/S team took a personal and professional interest in my case. The availability for consultation, day and night, weekdays and weekends, was incredible. The integration of video technology given the pandemic was seamless. I have worked with other law firms in my professional life and felt like I could not have been better represented by another firm – period.’

            ‘Billing is easy to follow. Paula Hinton and Michael Murphy appear to be great collaborators. I enjoy working with each individually as well as together.’

            ‘Paula Hinton is amazing, precise, does what she says she is going to do and always follows up with me.’

            ‘Michael Murphy is excellent at following through, drafting documents, giving advice and working as part of a team.’

            ‘Winston is versed in and flexible working with our ownership as well as with us as an operating company. They have aggressively defended us whereas I have felt other law firms I’ve dealt with would have looked for some middle ground too early.’

            ‘They have expert knowledge and are quite responsive. I found their extensive past experience in the area of need to be valuable in my navigation of the litigation.’

            ‘I appreciate having top-notch expertise that is responsive, even to the smaller clients.’

            Key clients

            FM Global

            Schlumberger Technology Company and subsidiaries

            Prophet Equity

            Panasonic Corporation

            Comcast Corp.

            Archer Daniels Midland

            Westlake Chemical

            Arthur J. Gallagher

            Team Health

            Young Living Essential Oils

            Seminole Electric Cooperative

            Plymouth Venture Partners III, LP; Plymouth Management Co.; Bootstrap Venture Fund, LP; Bootstrap Venture Fund II, LP; Cloud 2011, LLC; Indiana 21st Century Fund, LP

            Advocare

            Work highlights

            • Secured a victory for FM Global and obtained summary judgment on NYU’s claims for more than $1bn in insurance proceeds arising out of Superstorm Sandy.
            • Secured a win for a major financial institution in connection with a breach of contract and fiduciary duty litigation arising from a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and an underlying purchase and sale agreement relating to the $600m+ 2018 Cox Oil Offshore LLC acquisition of Energy XXI Gulf Assets.
            • Defending Pactiv Evergreen in litigation where plaintiff MPS alleges that Pactiv breached its contractual obligations as a supplier of electrical load to MPS during devastating Winter Storm Uri in February 2021.

            Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco) Tier 2

            Leveraging the expertise of market-leading trial lawyers in its Chicago headquarters, as well as on both coasts, Winston & Strawn LLP is particularly effective at handling high-stakes mandates, many within the product liability space, for clients seeking a robust and strategic defense. The team has experience handling matters for manufacturers of a broad array of consumer products, including tobacco, food and beverages, and oil and gas, both at trial and appellate level – an area that was recently enhanced by the arrival in February 2021 of the ‘tenacious and creativeAndrew Tauber to the Washington DC office from Mayer Brown. Clients also benefit from access to the firm’s recently created legal innovation center, which enhances the team’s litigation work by performing complex document reviews with lower-cost reviewers and advanced analytical tools. George Lombardi and Dan Webb are both widely revered trial lawyers, whose wide ranging expertise includes the defense of companies facing high-profile consumer product liability litigation. Between them they have secured numerous notable jury verdicts, including Lombardi’s recent success for Monsanto against allegations that the herbicide causes non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Sandra Edwards chairs the product liability and mass tort practice from San Francisco, working alongside Lombardi for Monsanto on the aforementioned dispute. Lawyers are in Chicago unless otherwise stated.

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            Testimonials

            Andrew Tauber is tenacious and creative.’

            Key clients

            Monsanto Company

            Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OAPI or Otsuka)

            The J.M. Smucker Company

            Abbott Laboratories

            Hikma Pharmaceuticals

            Diamond Foods

            The J.M. Smucker Company, Big Heart Pet Brands, and JBS USA Holdings

            Work highlights

            • Represented Monsanto Company as trial counsel for the Roundup® product liability matters, including the first US jury trial (Johnson), defending against allegations that the herbicide causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

            Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: toxic tort Tier 2

            Winston & Strawn LLP handles a significant amount of toxic tort mandates under the umbrella of the broader product liability and mass tort group, which is led by Sandra Edwards  from San Francisco. George Lombardi is a trial lawyer of considerable repute; as well as his well-documented tobacco-related product liability victories, is, alongside Edwards, leading the charge for Monsanto, as trial counsel, on Roundup-related product liability matters. The firm’s appellate expertise is also well rated in challenging decisions.  Based out of Washington DC, the ‘tenacious and creative’ Andrew Tauber  adds particular value to product liability/toxic matters as his ‘appellate advocacy is first-rate’.

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            Testimonials

            Andrew Tauber is tenacious, creative and probably the most knowledgeable expert on the law of federal pre-emption in private practice, if not in the entire legal profession. I have seen him develop pre-emption arguments that no other lawyer had previously raised and prevail on them. As a consequence, he is a critical member of any product liability team.’

            Andrew Tauber is a highly sophisticated, experienced appellate lawyer with outstanding writing skills. His appellate advocacy is first-rate and his client service is timely and responsive.

             

             

            Key clients

            Monsanto Company (now Bayer AG)

            Schlumberger Technology Corporation

             

            Work highlights

            • Continuing to represent Monsanto Company as trial counsel for the Roundup® product liability matters, including the first US jury trial (Johnson), defending against allegations that the herbicide causes non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Following an eight-week jury trial, the trial team successfully reduced a punitive damages award by $211m.
            • Representing Schlumberger Technology Company and affiliates in a mass tort groundwater contamination lawsuit at a Superfund site in Midland, Texas.
            • Representing Schlumberger Technology Corporation in connection with litigation in which plaintiffs allege fly ash contamination on their property located in Creek County, Oklahoma.

            Finance > Project finance

            The team at Winston & Strawn LLP has developed well in recent years, and is now one of the most active firms in the renewable energy lender market. Led from New York by the ‘commercial and technically brilliant' Mike Pikiel, the firm represents numerous banks in ta equity financings related to solar and wind projects, as well as negotiating facilities related to energy storage. Outside of energy, infrastructure P3 projects are another area of strength; in 2021, the firm represented the lenders and underwriters in a $1.18bn financing for the Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Area Flood Risk Management Project in North Dakota. New York associate Dan Shapiro is considered by clients to be a ‘true guru and workhorse across project finance'. The team strengthened further in 2021 with the April arrivals of New York-based Rodrigo Carvalho and Rachel Gray-Pundir from Bank of America and Kirkland & Ellis LLP respectively.

            Practice head(s):

            Mike Pikiel

            Other key lawyers:

            Laurae Rossi; Rich Shutran; Jason Hellwig; Patrick Selinger; Rachel Gray-Pundir; Dan Shapiro; Rodrigo Carvalho

            Testimonials

            ‘Ability to advise on developer, equity, lender and construction matters for projects. Good holistic perspective.’

            ‘Mike Pikiel is not only knowledgeable and experienced, but also commercial – which makes him unique in this field.’

            ‘They are extremely well versed in P3/project finance. They are somehow involved in most P3 deals in the market.’

            ‘Mike Pikiel – great lawyer, well rounded. Commercial and technically brilliant. Figure head of team and able to lead negotiations and maintain relationships on behalf of his clients.’

            ‘Great understanding of all aspects of project finance and P3. Adaptable and innovative with new lending solutions.’

            ‘Mike Pikiel is strong lead partner with an amazing team especially Dan Shapiro (true guru and workhorse across project finance)’

            Key clients

            American Memorial Life Insurance Company

            AxInfra US LP (Axium Infrastructure)

            CaixaBank, S.A.

            Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

            Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

            Empire State Thruway Partners LLC

            HANSAfreeInvest SILC

            Hecate Energy, LLC

            HSBC Bank USA, National Association

            KeyBank National Association

            Kiewit Meridiam Partners LLC

            MetLife Insurance K.K.

            Metropolitan Tower Life Insurance Company

            Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC

            National Bank of Canada

            Oak View Group

            Occidental Petroleum Corporation

            SMBC Capital Markets, Inc.

            SMBC Nikko Securities America, Inc.

            Swiss Re Life & Health America Inc.

            Swiss Reinsurance Company Limited

            The Korea Development Bank

            Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH on behalf of and for account of UI-Masterfonds-Renten

            Work highlights

            • Represented the lenders and note purchasers in the $1.18bn green financing of a first-of-its-kind project in the North American infrastructure market.
            • Represented HSBC Bank USA, N.A. in connection with a $1.75bn debt facility for four wind projects and a 150-mile 345 kV transmission line, both located in New Mexico.
            • Represented a group of institutional investors in the private placement of secured notes issued by Vista Ridge LLC and Central Texas Regional Water Supply Corporation in the refinancing of the Vista Ridge Water Supply Project.

            Finance > Structured finance: securitization Tier 2

            Winston & Strawn LLP houses securitization lawyers across its US offices, as well as in Paris and London. The group has a strong focus on esoteric assets, with a number of novel transactions under its belt. Areas of specialism include marketplace lending and fintech securitizations, energy structured finance, aircraft and transport finance; but lawyers are also well-versed in more traditional CLOs and CMBS transactions. Co-leading the department are Los Angeles senior counsel Daniel Passage , a leader in the property assessed clean energy arena and New York’s Jeffrey Stern . In Chicago, Russell Casper has knowledge in compliance issues arising from CLOs and warehouse facilities. Splitting his time between Los Angeles and New York, Francisco Flores is known for securitizations involving asset classes including auto leases, commercial mortgages and home equity loans.

            Practice head(s):

            Daniel Passage; Jeffrey Stern

            Other key lawyers:

            Russell Casper; Francisco Flores; Warren Loui; Michael Mullins

            Key clients

            Affirm, Inc.

            Aviation Capital Group

            Barings LLC

            Beach Point Capital Management

            BMO Asset Manager

            Coventry First

            Deutsche Alternative Asset Management

            Fundbox, Inc.

            First Eagle (THL Credit)

            ING Group

            Intuit Financing, Inc.

            Madison Capital Funding

            Monroe Capital

            Stilt Inc.

            Vista Credit Partners

            Work highlights

            • Advised a major credit manager on its return to the U.S. new issue CLO market with its first new issue deal since March 2020.
            • Advised the administrative agent in connection with a $100 million revolving loan facility for the financing of a portfolio of small consumer loans to active and retired government/municipal workers originated by (or on behalf of) the Police Members Association of Puerto Rico (“PMA”) and sold on a servicing-retained basis to an SPV borrower (a Delaware LLC unaffiliated with the PMA).
            • Advised the leading provider of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) financing, on the $89 million C-PACE transaction for the iconic 111 Wall Street building in the first-ever C-PACE deal completed as part of New York City’s recently launched C-PACE program.

            Industry focus > Transport: shipping - litigation and regulation Tier 2

            Winston & Strawn LLP‘s Washington DC-based practice is sought out for particularly challenging maritime matters involving US government policy, regulations, enforcement work and litigation. It has longstanding experience in representing port authorities and marine terminal operators in disputes before the Federal Maritime Commission. The team also has extensive expertise in the application of Jones Act laws to cargo, passenger, and vessel movements, and investments in US companies. Maritime and admiralty practice chair Charlie Papavizas is widely regarded for his experience in the regulatory issues that impact upon the emerging US offshore wind industry. Bryant Gardner‘s recent work includes assisting ZIM Integrated Shipping Services with multiple regulatory compliance matters.

            Practice head(s):

            Testimonials

            Winston & Strawn LLP is clearly an industry leader in the maritime sector.

            Their overall industry knowledge, professionalism and experience are second to none.

            The individuals I engage with our extremely well respected in the industry. Other carriers look to Winston & Strawn to take the lead on various initiatives, and solicit their opinions and viewpoints regularly.

            Key clients

            American Cruise Lines

            Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile

            ZIM Integrated Shipping Services

            Heung-A-Shipping Co

            Holland America Group

            Carnival Corporation

            Pennantia

            Liberty Maritime Corporation

            Work highlights

            • Representing Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile in relation to cross-border, charterparty and supply contract disputes involving issues of detention, force majeure, supply chain disruption, green new energy technologies, and decarbonization.
            • Assisting ZIM Integrated Shipping Services (and its affiliated entities Marine Shipp Fast and Ship4wd) with the development of a market-forward, end-to-end digital shipping portal.
            • Representing Pennantia in connection with the acquisition of 18 vessels (out of the Bouchard Transportation Co bankruptcy proceedings), which included formulating and executing a winning bid on valuable Jones Act vessels.

            Intellectual property > Copyright Tier 2

            With a global presence, Winston & Strawn LLP remains a destination firm for major entertainment and digital media companies, and household names such as Hasbro and Pepsi in the tech, financial services and food and beverages sectors involved in high-value copyright disputes. The practice is headed by Michael Elkin in New York, an authority in litigation involving motion picture, television, and music properties, tech and software matter expert David Enzminger in Los Angeles, and Jennifer Golinveaux in San Francisco, who defends internet service providers against secondary liability claims for infringement brought by their subscribers. Erin Ranahan in LA advises music and film copyright holders on infringement matters and the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA. IP licensing specialist Stephen Kong arrived at the LA office from Troutman Pepper in April 2021. Tom Lane departed in September 2021.

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘The best litigators I have ever worked with over my nearly 45 years in business. Extraordinarily responsive – calls, emails, texts answered very fast. I have a diverse team, men and women. Very aggressive in representing our interests.’

            ‘We have worked with the team led by Michael Elkin on complex copyright litigation, the details of which break new ground in the social media space. The team has been able to guide us through the complexities of US law. They have also adjusted billing to meet with more “European” ideas of what the rate should be.’

            ‘Michael Elkin – very calm, thoughtful and considered in his approach.’

            Key clients

            Charter Communications

            Bright House Networks LLC

            Cloudflare, Inc.

            Cox Communications

            Global Eagle Entertainment

            Bill Graham Archives (dba Wolfgang’s Vault)

            PepsiCo.

            Hasbro/Entertainment One

            Respirent Pharmaceuticals Co., Ltd

            Work highlights

            • Defended Wolfgang’s Vault, which hosts a collection of live music recordings, against a suit from major music publishers over the copyrights to the songs.
            • Represented PepsiCo in a matter where the Second Circuit affirmed the 2019 dismissal of a suit against our client alleging that the company had stolen the concept behind its 2016 Super Bowl ad, “The Joy of Dance.”
            • Represented Cloudflare, Inc., which provides essential security and content-delivery services for the internet, against RICO and copyright infringement claims brought by online model Deniece Waidhofer against Cloudflare, as well as the owners and operators of a website, and several online advertisers.

            Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design Tier 2

            Counting public and private companies, healthcare systems and C-suite executives among its key roster of clients, Winston & Strawn LLP has demonstrable experience in handling the full range of employee benefits issues, as highlighted by its advice to Carnival Corporation on equity compensation, retirement, fringe benefits and healthcare plans. Joe Adams now leads the practice, and focuses on 401(k) and profit-sharing plans, as well as ESOPs. Both Amy Gordon and Susan Nash have considerable experience in health and welfare benefit plans, and frequently assist employers and health plans on Affordable Care Act and HIPAA compliance matters. David Rogers, who is the managing partner of the firm’s Washington DC office, is another key member of the team. All named attorneys are based in Chicago unless otherwise stated. Nancy Gerrie has retired.

            Practice head(s):

            Joe Adams

            Other key lawyers:

            Key clients

            Darden Restaurants

            Nuveen/TIAA

            Federal Signal Corporation

            IKEA Purchasing

            Molson Coors Brewing Company

            Northern Trust

            Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

            ADP

            Work highlights

            • Advising Blue Cross Blue Shield Association on an ongoing basis, on its pension and 401(k) plans.
            • Advising Carnival Corporation and its subsidiary, Holland America Group, on employee benefit matters, including equity compensation plans, retirement, fringe benefits and healthcare.

            Media, technology and telecoms > Advertising and marketing: litigation Tier 2

            Dispute resolution > International litigation Tier 3

            Winston & Strawn LLP‘s ‘exceptional‘ disputes team attracts praise for its ‘knowledge, flexibility and creative approach‘. Jointly led by New York-based Jeffrey Kessler, Dan Webb in Chicago and Abbe Lowell in Washington DC, the group is particularly strong for antitrust, white-collar investigations and litigation and international trade issues. Lowell and Seth Farber are noted by one client for their ‘extensive experience in dealing with the DOJ and SEC, and FCPA-related matters‘, while the ‘excellentMarcelo Blackburn is popular for Latin America-related work. San Francisco-based Pamela Davis and Christopher Man in Washington DC are other contacts for white-collar crime and FCPA issues.

            Practice head(s):

            Jeffrey Kessler; Dan Webb; Abbe Lowell

            Other key lawyers:

            Marcelo Blackburn; Christopher Man; Pamela Davis; Rodolfo Herrera-Moro; Seth Farber

            Testimonials

            This firm is characterized by personalized service, experienced and fluent Spanish-speaking attorneys, and attorneys who have worked at the DOJ and SEC, which is important for the matters they handle. The fees are adequate.

            ‘Marcelo Blackburn is an excellent lawyer. He knows how to adapt to you as a client (i.e. he speaks Spanish and tries to convey you the message as accurately as possible in both languages.)’

            ‘Winston and Strawn International Litigation team has been exceptional. They’ve been attentive to our needs at all times. They care to ensure that you’re understanding their advice and that they have understood your needs.’

            ‘W&S understands our dual scope of US/MX legislation when we request their advise. And their disposition and broad understanding of not only Spanish and English but our concerns regarding regulation standards in both countries.’

            ‘Mr. Jeffrey Kessler was the leader of the team. He was familiar with Japanese and Japanese companies and gave us his advice in the format, which was understandable for non-US companies.’

            ‘Appreciated the team’s knowledge, flexibility and creative approach in dealing with a complex sports litigation. Great availability and always clear, on point and very pragmatic advice.’

            ‘Jeffrey Kessler has great availability, always offers quick, clear and pragmatic advice and is always available and ready to jump in even on very complex or time-sensitive matters.’

            Partner Marcelo Balckburn has extensive experience in different matters and availability to serve clients, and is fluent in Spanish. Partners Abbe Lowell and Seth Farber have extensive experience in dealing with the DOJ and SEC, and FCPA-related matters. Rodolfo Herrera-Moro has good availability to handle matters and is based in Mexico and fluent in Spanish.

            Key clients

            CPB Contractors Pty Limited

            Michael Leroy Taylor and Peter Taylor

            Zhengzhou Harmoni Spice Co. Ltd. and Harmoni International Spice, Inc.

            Blake Leeper, disabled athlete

            NTN Corporation

            Nippon Seiki

            Panasonic Corp.

            Hitachi Metals

            Corning, Inc.

            JTEKT

            Rafael Ramirez, former U.N. Ambassador to Venezuela, former Minister of Energy for Venezuela, and former head of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA)

            Kingdom of Morocco

            Carlos Marcelino Bellosta, Sr.

            CMA CGM S.A.

            Work highlights

            • Represented former US Green Beret Michael Taylor and his son Peter Taylor in an extradition request by the US DOJ and the Ministry of Justice of Japan to face charges that they violated Japanese law by assisting former Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn in his departure from Japan where Ghosn faces charges.
            • Representing the Kingdom of Morocco and its affiliates in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation of others conducted by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York involving allegations of visa fraud related to certain individuals who came to the U.S. and acting to preserve The Kingdom’s diplomatic privileges.

            Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense Tier 3

            Winston & Strawn LLP ‘has a core team of experienced M&A lawyers who know their business and do great work‘ best known for its trial capability, and frequently involved in matters before the Delaware Court of Chancery. It is also a key player in the emerging area of SPAC-related cases under both the federal securities laws and state fiduciary duty law. ‘Incredibly articulate advocateJames Smith in New York chairs the ‘best-in-class, hard-nosed and practical‘ securities litigation practice, which handles deal-related disputes. John Schreiber works in both Los Angeles and New York and is ‘a first-rate advocate who is pleasure to work with or against under even immense pressure‘. He represented former executives of oil and gas exploration company Alta Mesa Resources in matters arising from its creation via a $33.8bn de-SPAC merger. Matthew DiRisio in New York has also led numerous SPAC-related cases and is ‘a great writer with great judgment‘. William O’Neill in Chicago also plays a pivotal role in the practice.

            Practice head(s):

            James Smith

            Other key lawyers:

            John Schreiber; Matthew DiRisio; William O’Neill

            Testimonials

            ‘Winston has a core team of experienced M&A lawyers who know their business and do great work.’

            ‘Jim Smith is an incredibly articulate advocate who has spent decades in the business and knows where to land his punches. John Schreiber is a first rate advocate who is pleasure to work with or against under even immense pressure. Matt DiRisio is a great writer and has great judgment.’

            ‘Always felt that we were in good hands with a team that cared about our matter and was highly responsive to our needs and requests. Great bedside manner with us as the client combined with thorough and sophisticated legal briefing that was head and shoulders ahead of the opposition.’

            ‘Highly responsive, engaged and sophisticated. A true pleasure to work with. Jim Smith, Matt DiRisio and team are A.’

            ‘Best-in-class, hard-nosed and practical. See the issues coming so the client can prepare.’

            ‘Bill O’Neil is an outstanding attorney who helps make complex issues easier to understand and fights like a badger when we need it.’

            Key clients

            AAR Corp.

            BAE Holdings, LLC

            CareerBuilder, LLC

            CM Top Co

            Cox Communications, Inc.

            Echo Global Logistics, Inc.

            Harlan Chappelle and Michael Ellis, former officers of Alta Mesa Resources, Inc.

            Holicity Inc.

            Jernigan Capital, Inc., n/k/a NexPoint Storage Partners, Inc.

            Medtronic, PLC

            PLZ Holdings

            Wind Point Partners

            Work highlights

            • Represented Medtronic in a putative class action challenging the largest transaction in the history of medical technology – Medtronic’s $50bn acquisition of Covidien in 2015.
            • Represented AAR Corp. and its board of directors in a high-profile expedited “bellwether” shareholder lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery, challenging the AAR board’s adoption of a shareholder rights plan, aka “poison pill,” in response to the extreme market disruption in the tumultuous early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
            • Representing JCAP and its board in two putative stockholder class actions filed in Tennessee state court in November 2020 asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duties under Maryland law in connection with JCAP’s $900M acquisition via merger by affiliates of NexPoint Advisors, L.P., which closed on November 6, 2020.

            Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices Tier 3

            Drawing upon its overarching litigation credentials, which includes several high-profile trial lawyers, including Chicago-based duo Dan Webb and George Lombardi, as well as increasingly developing a more specialized offering throughout the life cycle of product work in the healthcare and life sciences sector, Winston & Strawn LLP is well-placed to advise clients seeking robust defense from the discovery phase, dispositive motions, through to trial. Clients also benefit from access to appellate experts from an early stage, enabling them to lay the groundwork for future appeals by drafting motions in limine, proposed jury instructions, and motions for judgment as a matter of law. Based out of San Francisco,  Sandra Edwards heads the product liability and mass tort group; while Matthew Campbell in Washington DC is particularly visible in the pharmaceutical space and continues to serve as lead national counsel for OAPI in its Abilify®-related product liability litigation.

            Practice head(s):

            Key clients

            Hikma Pharmaceuticals

            Otsuka America Pharmaceutical

            Abbott Laboratories

            Work highlights

            • Representing Hikma in the national opiate litigation – totaling more than 700 separate cases, which includes a sprawling multi-district proceeding consolidated in Ohio federal court and various state court actions and are active in joint defence groups for In re National Prescriptions Opiate Litigation. Claims include negligence, fraud, and violations of consumer protection laws, among others.    
            • Representing OAPI and OPC in an MDL in the Northern District of Florida and various state court actions, involving allegations by more than 4,000 plaintiffs that Abilify®, an atypical antipsychotic medication, causes impulse-control disorders.
            • Representing Abbott Laboratories in a series of more than 36 product liability lawsuits, filed by over 100 plaintiffs and spanning more than ten jurisdictions, alleging that cow milk-based preterm infant formula products cause a naturally occurring gastrointestinal disorder in premature infants.

            Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense Tier 3

            Winston & Strawn LLP is ‘highly skilled in securities litigation, with strong brief writing and client counselling skills', best known for representing companies in parallel or civil proceedings following governmental investigations, qui tam lawsuits, and other corporate trauma matters in heavily regulated sectors such as healthcare and financial services. It also has a strong track record in challenging to class certification in securities class actions, which is historically a challenging process. James Smith leads the securities litigation practice and ‘instills confidence – he can be put before senior management and board with confidence they will be impressed‘. Key partner Matthew DiRisio provides ‘accurate, practical advice delivered in a timely, efficient manner‘. Smith is currently representing global medical technology company Becton, Dickinson and Company in a securities fraud class action alleging that the company made material misrepresentations and omissions surrounding the regulatory status of its Alaris infusion pump.

            Practice head(s):

            James Smith

            Other key lawyers:

            Matthew DiRisio

            Testimonials

            ‘Highly skilled in securities litigation; strong brief writing and client counselling skills.’

            ‘Jim Smith instills confidence; can be put before senior management and Board with confidence they will be impressed.’

            ‘The W&S team is exceptionally responsive and knowledgeable. They have a full suite of resources and always provide prompt, professional advice.’

            ‘Matt Dirisio has provided much needed professional support for the company in both securities law and insurance coverage matters. We are very happy to partner with Winston & Strawn’s securities team, and we know we will always receive accurate, practical advice delivered in a timely, efficient manner.’

             

            Key clients

            Alta Mesa Resources

            Becton, Dickinson and Company

            Holicity Inc.

            Howard B. Schiller, former CFO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.

            Jernigan Capital, Inc. n/k/a NexPoint Storage

            Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation (MIC)

            Medtronic, PLC

            OneSpan, Inc.

            Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC)

            TreeHouse Foods, Inc.

            Work highlights

            • Represented Becton Dickinson, a leading medical device company at the forefront of the COVID-19 response, in a securities case alleging over $9B in lost market capitalization following announcement of a recall of a flagship product
            • Represented Macquarie Infrastructure Corporation and several of its current and former officers and directors, in securing a pleadings-stage dismissal of all claims in a federal securities fraud class action in the Southern District of New York.

            Industry focus > Energy transactions: oil and gas Tier 3

            With experience throughout the oil-and-gas value chain, Winston & Strawn LLP has expertise in upstream matters and also on the up/midstream juncture, including commercial contracts. However, the practice stands out for its strength in the midstream market, advising clients including on issues ranging from water gathering and disposal, interstate pipelines, crude oil gathering, natural gas gathering and processing, and LNG projects. The practice is co-led by Mike Blankenship in Houston, the San Francisco-based Joe Karp, and Mike Pikiel and Rich Shutran in New York . Another key name in the practice group is Isaac Griesbaum in Houston, who focuses on up- and midstream oil and gas, oilfield services, and the produced water segment. Oil-and-gas specialist Max Stubbs joined from Locke Lord LLP in January 2022, further strengthening the Houston team.

            Practice head(s):

            Mike Blankenship; Mike Pikiel; Rich Shutran; Joe Karp

            Other key lawyers:

            Key clients

            ION Geophysical Corporation

            National Oilwell Varco, Inc.

            NGL Energy Partners LP

            NOW Inc.

            PER Manager, LLC

            Ranger Energy Services, Inc.

            SandRidge Energy, Inc.

            Silver Wolf Midstream LLC

            WaterBridge Resources LLC

            Work highlights

            • Represented WaterBridge Holdings in connection with its acquisition from Colgate Energy of the produced-water infrastructure associated with Colgate’s recent asset acquisition from Oxy in the Delaware Basin.
            • Represented independent well service rigs provider Ranger Energy Services in the closing of its previously announced acquisition of certain assets of Basic Energy Services (and its subsidiaries) through its controlled subsidiary, Ranger Energy Acquisition.
            • Represented independent oil and gas company SandRidge Energy in connection with the all-cash sale of its North Park Basin upstream oil-and-gas assets located in Jackson County, Colorado, to Gondola Resources.

            Industry focus > Transport: aviation and air travel - finance Tier 3

            Routinely acting for finance and leasing companies, Winston & Strawn LLP‘s New York-based practice has a strong market reputation for capital markets, finance, leasing, and related restructuring and insolvency matters. Practice leader Pete Morgan and David Neier both regularly advise on aviation finance-related work. Also key to the team is David Gillespie, who assists major airlines, operating lessors, aircraft manufacturers and financial institutions with the leasing and financing of commercial aircrafts. Former aviation finance practice chair Michael O’Brien left the firm in July 2021.

            Practice head(s):

            Key clients

            Aviation Capital Group

            BNP Paribas

            UK Export Finance

            Euler Hermes Aktiengesellschaft

            Bpifrance Assurance Export

            Pratt & Whitney

            Work highlights

            • Advised Aviation Capital Group on the securitisation of a portfolio of 24 Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 aircraft.
            • Representing BNP Paribas (as finance party) in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of LATAM Airlines Group, and related impact on the financing arrangements of several Airbus A350 and A320 aircraft.
            • Assisted Raytheon Company (and its subsidiary Pratt & Whitney) with the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of LATAM Airlines Group, and related impact on the financing arrangements of an Airbus A320 aircraft that was rejected by LATAM.

            Industry focus > Transport: rail and road - litigation and regulation Tier 3

            Winston & Strawn LLP‘s ‘business-oriented‘ practice has longstanding experience in transactions and litigation involving transport infrastructure, including heavy and light rail. It also has notable expertise in representing trucking and logistics companies. Praised as 'Among the best railroad appellate lawyers in private practice‘, Andrew Tauber joined the Washington DC office in 2021 from Mayer Brown, with experience covering Federal Railroad Safety Act and Locomotive Inspection Act-related litigation; and in the automotive sector, representing an automobile manufacturer facing consumer claims involving emissions standards. Chicago-based transactions specialist Nick Golem is also experienced in working with transportation industry clients.

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            Winston & Strawn brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and legal IQ to the table.

            Their litigators are true trial lawyers, who do not shy away from a fight, but who also recognize business and significant legal risks, and tailor their advice accordingly.

            They pair smart, hard-working associates with seasoned, accomplished partners to create winning teams.

            Willing to work collaboratively with other outside counsel when asked to fashion creative, best-in-class advice and solutions.

            Commercially and business oriented – they go above and beyond in providing leverage to the deal team.

            I have always admired Andy Tauber’s tenaciousness, creativity, legal knowledge, and advocacy skills (both written and oral).

            Andrew Tauber and I have worked together on dozens of railroad cases over the years.  He is a master of multiple aspects of railroad law, particularly preemption under the FRSA and ICCTA.

            Andrew Tauber is certainly among the best railroad appellate lawyers in private practice.

            Key clients

            Patriot Rail Company

            FreightCar America

            Soo Line Railroad Company

            CSX Transportation

            Paceline Equity Partners

            RELAM

            Hub Group

            Echo Global Logistics

            Revelstoke Capital Partners

            Transport Holdings

            Hertz Global Holdings

            Pasha Automotive Services

            Work highlights

            • Representing CSX Transportation in an important appeal before the Ohio Supreme Court, which challenges an Ohio statute that prohibits trains from blocking grade crossings for more than five minutes.
            • Represented Patriot Rail in both its acquisition of shortline rail operator Salt Lake Garfield & Western Railway and the sale of Patriot Ports.
            • Representing Echo Global Logistics, a provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, in its $1.3bn sale to The Jordan Company.

            Industry focus > Transport: shipping - finance Tier 3

            Winston & Strawn LLP‘s Washington DC-based practice represents a broad array of clients engaged in the financing of maritime transportation assets, including vessel owners, operators, port authorities, and businesses that charter vessels. The team offers expertise in assisting US and non-US entities with Jones Act financings, vessel finance involving the US government’s Title XI guarantee, and capital construction fund programs. Chair of the maritime and admiralty practice Charlie Papavizas focuses on the administrative and legislative aspects of the maritime industry. Bryant Gardner‘s broad experience includes fleet refinancing and newbuild financings.

            Practice head(s):

            Other key lawyers:

            Key clients

            Barclays Capital

            The Pasha Group

            American Cruise Lines

            Heung-A-Shipping Co

            Pennantia

            Work highlights

            • Advising Heung-A Shipping Co, a Korea-based shipowner and shipping and logistics company, on the chartering of a products tanker to Maersk Line.
            • Representing Barclays Capital, as underwriter, in relation to a project to repair, expand, finance, maintain, and operate cruise terminals in San Juan Bay.
            • Advising The Pasha Group on amendments to the financing for the construction of two dual power container vessels.

            Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

            Winston & Strawn LLP offers a bench of ‘very capable trial lawyers across the board’, who have garnered a solid reputation over the years as one of the top patent defense trial shops. The practice stands out for its solid expertise handling cases from a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, pharmaceutical and technology, and maintains a strong presence near the major litigation venues thanks to its offices in Chicago, New York, Washington DC and its California and Texas hubs. The team, which is jointly led by Chuck Klein in Washington DC, and David Enzminger in Los Angeles, was notably reinforced in January 2022 with the arrival of Brian Ferguson, former department co-head at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. Pharma expert George Lombardi and Thomas Melsheimer are other key names.

            Practice head(s):

            Testimonials

            ‘Very capable trial lawyers across the board.’

            ‘Tom Melsheimer is an exceptional trial lawyer with great skill and ability.’

            The team is incredibly organized and strategic. They are effective at taking complex issues and clearly laying them out before the judge.’

            George Lombardi has a strong depth of knowledge and experience. He stand out as top notch patent litigator.’

            They combine a deep litigation bench with very client counseling and a deep science background. We get great advise that we can trust.’

            Good depth of knowledge regarding patent enforcement matters. Build a good team to approach each litigation matter.’

            The Winston team we work with is excellent because they are unique. They combine a deep litigation bench with very client counseling and a deep science background. We get great advice that we can trust.’

            What makes the people at Winston we work with stand out is their ability to understand our needs and provide counseling and advice that we can rely on because it’s tailored to our business and our goals.’

            Key clients

            Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

            Contour IP Holdings

            Schlumberger/Smith International / M-I LLC/Cameron International Corp.

            Cisco

            Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.

            MSN Laboratories

            Alphatec Holdings

            Sunoco / Energy Transfer Partners

            Ericsson Inc.

            AlixaRx

            Magnolia Pictures LLC

            Accresa Health

            SAP America, Inc.

            Teva North America

            Olympus Corporation

            Abbott Laboratories

            Cox Communications

            Chamberlain Group

            Airbnb

            Microsoft

            VMware

            Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

            Associated British Foods

            Sandoz

            Medtronic

            Lupin Limited

            Indoco Remedies Limited

            Polycom

            Work highlights

            • Represented M-I LLC, a Schlumberger Ltd. subsidiary, in the defense of three patents for vacuum-assisted shale shaker technology.
            • Obtained a victory for Take-Two Interactive Software in a patent infringement case involving Grand Theft Auto and NBA 2K, two of the most popular video games of all time.
            • Secured a victory for Sandoz, which invalidated a patent protecting Amgen’s blockbuster psoriasis drug, Otezla® (apremilast), which generates approximately $2 billion in annual sales.

            Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 3

            The ‘knowledgeable, experienced, and detail-oriented’ practice at Winston & Strawn LLP works collaboratively across multiple offices on cases concerning trade secrets,  breach of contracts, non-competes, and other restrictive covenants. In Texas, Houston-based co-head John Keville and Sheryl Falk are noted for their respective expertise in mechanical engineering and computer forensics, while Dallas-based Tom Melsheimer is a seasoned trial lawyer with considerable experience in intellectual property, business torts, and False Claims Act litigation. Practice co-head David Enzminger , who regularly represents clients in the telecommunications, computer hardware and software, and manufacturing sectors, works primarily out of the firm’s Los Angeles office. Chicago-based internal investigation specialist Steven Grimes is also recommended.

            Practice head(s):

            John Keville; David Enzminger; Steven Grimes

            Other key lawyers:

            Sheryl Falk; Cori Hochbaum; Tom Melsheimer

            Testimonials

            ‘Very knowledgeable, experienced, and detail-oriented.’

            ‘Sheryl Falk and Cori Hochbaum are outstanding lawyers, very hard working, detail oriented, and a pleasure to work with all around.’

            Key clients

            Walmart

            Schlumberger

            Zebra Technologies

            Accresa Health

            Natera, Inc.

            Lean Focus

            Work highlights

            • Representing M-I LLLC in a copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets case against two former employees and their new employer relating to a suite of engineering application tools for the exploration and development of oil and gas wells.
            • Advised a global medical device manufacturing company on a trade secret and information security audit to evaluate current practices and advise on best practices to bolster protections around key assets.
            • Represented Lean Focus LLC in a misappropriation of trade secrets and breach of contract case filed in the Western District of Wisconsin by Danaher Corporation against its former employee, Damon Baker, and his start up consulting company, Lean Focus LLC.

            Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 3

            Acting primarily for clients in the healthcare and food and beverage sectors, Winston & Strawn LLP is noted for its capability in handling the executive compensation and employee benefits aspects of mid-market M&A. Practice co-leader Scott Landau focuses on advising private equity firms and public companies in acquisitions, and Jennifer Stadler handles issues pertaining to equity and incentive compensation plans. Associate Maria Kenny assists clients with severance plans and equity and compensation arrangements, and Chicago-based Bill Merten remains a key contact in the team. Unless stated otherwise, all named attorneys are based in the firm’s New York office. Nyron Persaud left the group in May 2021.

            Practice head(s):

            Scott Landau

            Key clients

            Argand Partners

            Brookfield Asset Management

            Century Park Capital

            DS Smith plc

            Vistria Group, LP

            Eos Partners

            Guidehouse

            Water Street Capital Partners

            TreeHouse Foods

            Danfoss

            Work highlights

            • Represented a medical equipment supplier in its $850m sale to STERIS.

            Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs) Tier 3

            Based in Texas, Winston & Strawn LLP’s REITs practice sits within the firm’s wider capital markets group and has strength in REIT formation, particularly equity and mortgage. The team is now jointly led by Charles Haag and Bryan Goolsby , and has experience handling IPOs and M&A for REIT clients and sponsors. Justin Reinus splits his time between Dallas and Los Angeles and advises clients on equity offerings and corporate governance matters. The team has strengthened its corporate and securities offering with the lateral hires of James Brown and Douglas Lionberger from Holland & Knight LLP in May 2021. Former co-chair Christina Roupas left the firm in May 2021.

            Practice head(s):

            Bryan Goolsby; Charlie Haag

            Key clients

            Cypress REIT, LLC

            Federal Realty

            NETSTREIT Corp.

            NexPoint Advisors, L.P.

            NexPoint Hospitality Trust, Inc.

            Plymouth Industrial REIT Inc.

            R&R REIT

            Spirit Realty Capital

            Ventas, Inc.

            VineBrook Homes Trust, Inc.

            NexPoint Residential Trust, Inc.

            NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc.

            Work highlights

            • Represented an affiliate of NexPoint Advisors, L.P. in the acquisition of Jernigan Capital, Inc.
            • Represented NexPoint Hospitality Trust in the announced acquisition of Condor Hospitality Trust, Inc.
            • Represented Plymouth, as the issuer, in a public offering of its equity securities, which was underwritten by a group of underwriters led by Barclays, KeyBanc Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets and J.P. Morgan.

            Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 3

            Winston & Strawn LLP represent clients on high-value and sensitive cases, including litigation and dispute resolution before the IRS and DOJ Tax Division. The team is especially strong in SALT, but is noted for its work in international tax dispute resolution with the IRS and foreign tax authorities. Practice leaders Jim Mastracchio and Susan Seabrook joined in January 2021 from Eversheds Sutherland. Splitting his time between Washington DC and New York, Mastracchio represents public and private companies involving complex multi-jurisdictional tax investigations by tax authorities. In Washington DC, Seabrook covers global tax controversy, including transfer pricing disputes. Additionally, DC-based counsel Todd Betor joined from Eversheds Sutherland in March 2021. He specializes in SALT litigation. Lawrence Hill  and Richard Nessler departed in June and July 2021.

            Practice head(s):

            James Mastracchio; Susan Seabrook

            Other key lawyers:

            Dean Hinterliter; David Stauber; Angela Russo; Todd Betor

            Key clients

            Norwich Commercial Group, Inc.

            Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands

            Work highlights

            • Represented an individual in connection with a tax dispute in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals relating to the IRS seeking written permission before enforcing penalties.
            • Represented a large American insurance company in connection with an IRS appeal involving the U.S. competent authority.
            • Represented Norwich Commercial Group, Inc., in connection with U.S. Tax Court litigation adverse to the Commissioner of the IRS.

            Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 3

            Winston & Strawn LLP works with a diverse roster of public and private companies and asset management funds on the full spectrum of transactional and tax structuring mandates. The team is especially well known for its capabilities in middle-market private equity tax planning, while SPAC and REIT transactions have increasingly emerged as key workflows. Robert Heller and Olga Loy jointly head up the team from New York and Chicago, respectively. Loy is praised by clients for her ‘exceptional‘ abilities in the SBIC space, handling a formidable volume of fund formations, while Heller is noted for his expertise in M&A, joint ventures, and internal restructuring transactions, most recently for clients in private equity and consumer goods. New York-based David Gillespie is recommended for power, infrastructure, and transport sector matters, while in Dallas, Dean Hinderliter – who joined the team from now-defunct Thompson & Knight –  is noted for his experience in energy transactions and S corporation issues. Chicago-based Angela Russo joined the practice from Kirkland & Ellis LLP in March 2021. Edmund Cohen has retired.

            Practice head(s):

            Robert Heller; Olga Loy

            Testimonials

            ‘The Winston tax team is able to make complicated tax issues understandable to non-tax oriented minds. In addition, they have a keen ability to focus their client on the issues that have a value or operational impact; whereas other tax teams try to win every point which can slow down the pace of a deal.’

            ‘Great project management and follow up. Great technical depth of knowledge with practical solutions.’

            ‘Olga Loy is an exceptional partner. Great technical knowledge, value for fees and ensures timely receipt of deliverables.’

            Key clients

            Boxwood Merger Corp.

            Brooklyn Navy Yard Cogeneration Partners, L.P.

            Canadian National Railroad

            Column Group LLC

            DraftKings Inc. (formerly Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp.)

            FAGE International

            Federal-Mogul Corporation (Icahn Enterprises)

            Hunter Douglas

            LendLease Americas

            Morningstar, Inc.

            Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Trust

            PetIQ

            Renaissance Technologies/Medallion Fund

            Reyes Holdings, L.L.C.

            Revelstoke Capital Partners

            Riverglade Capital Partners

            SBIC Funds

            VMG Partners

            Water Street Healthcare Partners

            Work highlights

            • Represented an oil industry client in a restructuring of its 9.125% Senior Secured Second Priority Notes due 2021 pursuant to a registered exchange offer and a concurrent rights offering. The Company received approximately $14m in net proceeds from the transactions.
            • Represented joint placement agents and capital markets advisors in an announced business combination with Altimar Acquisition Corp. II, a SPAC sponsored by an affiliate of HPS Investment Partners, LLC.
            • Represented a private equity investor in connection with its acquisition and merger of Raymond O’Neill & Son Fisheries Ltd and Suncoast Seafood Inc.

            Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal) Tier 4

            Winston & Strawn LLP's appellate and critical motions practice is often involved in cases from the earliest stages of litigation, acting alongside the firm’s dominant trial practice to carry files from trial through to appeal. The group additionally leverages the wider firm’s broad dispute resolution offering to field niche strengths in several key areas, including class actions, securities fraud litigation, IP, white-collar criminal defense and product liability cases. Linda Coberly steers the practice out of Chicago; she led the US Supreme Court briefing for the firm’s successful representation of three classes of student athletes in their challenge to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s ‘amateurism’ rules. Andrew Tauber, highlighted as a ‘first-rate appellate lawyer’, recently joined in Washington DC from Mayer Brown.

            Practice head(s):

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            Linda Coberly is one of the finest appellate lawyers in the country. She is able to form excellent teams to handle any appellate matter. She easily distills and synthesizes complex information to form a cohesive appellate strategy. She is able to articulate that strategy effectively at oral argument.’

            Linda has built a top talent appellate group and she is not afraid to let them shine, which is a tremendous benefit to clients who want a “stable” of smart, passionate and committed lawyers working on their matters.

            ‘I have known Andrew Tauber for many years. During our long association, I have always admired Andrew’s tenaciousness, creativity, legal knowledge, and advocacy skills (both written and oral). In short, Andrew is a first-rate appellate lawyer.’

            Key clients

            United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

            Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.

            College football and basketball players

            Medtronic

            Factory Mutual Insurance

            Soo Line Railroad Company

            Medley Capital Corporation

            Arthur J. Gallagher

            Human Rights Campaign

            BMO Harris Bank

            CSX Transportation

            Work highlights

            • Successfully represented student athletes against the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), when the US Supreme Court unanimously held that the NCAA’s restrictions on education-related benefits for student athletes were a violation of US antitrust laws.
            • Successfully represented the United Network for Organ Sharing in appeals related to the adoption of new policies for allocating livers and kidneys to the neediest transplant patients.
            • Represented Soo Line Railroad Company before the Seventh Circuit in successfully defending an appeal from a grant of summary judgment in a decades-old, multimillion-dollar dispute relating to environmental liabilities.

            Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

            Winston & Strawn LLP is recommended by sources for its 'depth of experience in international treaty arbitrations' — the firm is equally capable in commercial disputes. The US practice is spread across the firm's domestic offices and frequently teams up with teams abroad to provide integrated global advice in multi-jurisdictional cases. The group's comprehensive sector expertise is also a big draw for clients, and it has recently acted on cases involving the energy, mining and technology sectors, among others. In Chicago, 'business-oriented' group head Ricardo Ugarte acts for an array of corporate and state clients. Houston-based Imad Khan is an 'excellent senior associate'.

            Practice head(s):

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘The Winston team is very strong on substantive ability and case management. They handle cases very well and are easy to deal with.’

            ‘It is an outstanding team, very client-oriented and always available.’

            ‘They are competent, proactive and with good knowledge of the law invoked in the case.’

            The team is very capable and does good work. The team has a good knowledge of arbitrators, which is key to any arbitration practice.

            ‘We value the depth of experience in international treaty arbitrations.’

            Ricardo Ugarte is very knowledgeable and has an excellent presence. Ricardo is outstanding at client counseling, providing good advice and describing the pros and cons of various strategies. He has a nice rapport with the arbitrators and has done a very good job at hearings.’

            ‘Ricardo Ugarte is a remarkable lawyer; business-oriented and pleasant to work with.’

            Imad Khan is an excellent senior associate for international arbitration issues. Imad is knowledgeable about arbitration issues, is responsive to concerns, and does a good job managing facts.’

            Key clients

            Dominion Minerals Corp.

            Eskosol S.p.A.

            Disabled Athlete Blake Leeper

            Work highlights

            • Representing Dominion Minerals Corp in claims brought under the US-Panama BIT concerning Dominion’s investment in a copper and gold concession in western Panama.
            • Representing Eskosol in an investment treaty arbitration against Italy arising from Italy’s departure from an incentive regime it created for investors in the solar photovoltaic energy field.
            • Representing Blake Leeper in his Court of Arbitration for Sport challenge to IAAF rules restricting his and other disabled athletes’ ability to compete against able-bodied athletes free from discrimination in IAAF-sanctioned and Olympics events.

            Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings

            Winston & Strawn LLP has extensive experience in investment grade, high-yield and convertible debt offerings, along with other hybrid securities. Exchange offers is another area of key expertise. It is especially known for underwriters’ counsel engagements and has an especially strong record in real estate, technology, industrials, media, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, financial services, energy, and food and beverages. Chicago partner Carol Anne Huff and New York’s David Sakowitz co-head the capital markets team, the former noted for SPAC-related transactions and the latter rated for high-yield and equity-linked deals. Chicago partner Cab Morris is also prominent. Former department head Christina Roupas has joined Cooley LLP.

            Practice head(s):

            Carol Anne Huff; David Sakowitz

            Other key lawyers:

            Cab Morris

            Key clients

            BNP Paribas

            BofA Securities

            CIBC Capital Markets

            Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

            J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

            Morgan Stanley

            Motorola Solutions, Inc.

            Wells Fargo Securities

            Lear Corporation

            Socieded Química y Minera de Chile S.A.

            Groupon, Inc.

            NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc.

            Exelon Corporation

            Work highlights

            • Represented Citigroup, BofA Securities, JP Morgan and Raymond James & Associates, as dealer managers, in connection with the $750bn debt tender and consent solicitation conducted by Raymond James Financial Inc. The debt tender was structured as an any-and-all offer for two series of outstanding public notes maturing in 2024 and 2026 (with any notes not tendered being called for redemption).
            • Represented Motorola Solutions, Inc. in connection with the registered public offering of $850m of its 2.750% senior notes due 2031. The offering was underwritten by a syndicate led by BofA Securities and J.P. Morgan. A portion of the net proceeds from the offering was used to fund the make-whole redemption of a series of senior notes that mature in 2023.
            • Represented Socieded Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (‘SQM’) in connection with its offering of US$400m principal amount of 4.250% Notes due 2050 (the ‘Notes’). The Notes were offered in the United States to qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act and outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S under the Securities Act. BofA Securities, Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC acted as initial purchasers of the Notes. SQM is a Chile-based global leader in the production of specialty plant nutrients, iodine and derivatives, lithium and derivatives, potassium and certain industrial chemicals. SQM shares are traded on the Santiago Stock Exchange and its ADSs are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The corporate team consisted of Allen Miller, Sey-Hyo Lee, Amanda Sewell, and Adrian Mendez Sevilla. Justin Trapp provided valuable tax advice.

            Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings

            Winston & Strawn LLP has remained wedded to the SPAC segment with a further stream of IPOs and other SPAC transactions, including de-SPAC deals, in 2021; it represented Fast Acquisition Corp on its business combination with Ferttita Entertainment. The SPAC practice now pervades multiple offices, including Chicago, New York and Houston, and covers multiple industry sectors. Chicago partner Carol Anne Huff and New York’s David Sakowitz  lead the capital markets team, with Houston managing partner Mike Blankenship also having a key role in major transactions. Former department head Christina Roupas and partner Courtney Tygesson left in 2021 to launch Cooley LLP ‘s new Chicago office.

            Practice head(s):

            Carol Anne Huff; David Sakowitz

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘Very careful readers and thinkers, very hard workers that never hold up the deal.’

            ‘David Sakowitz – very well informed and responsive.’

            ‘High quality of work, very professional, quick turnaround, unmatched accessibility even at the senior partner level. Highly recommended.’

            ‘Michael Blankenship is the partner I interacted with most of the time. Michael is very knowledgeable, turns around quickly and is always accessible even during the weekend.’

             

            Key clients

            Holicity Inc.

            Broadstone Acquisition Corp.

            Seven Oaks Acquisition Corp.

            Alkuri Global Acquisition Corp.

            Benson Hill, Inc.

            Vistas Media Acquisition Company Inc.

            FAST Acquisition Corp.

            Skillz Inc.

            Netfin Acquisition Corp.

            Forum Merger II Corp.

            Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp.

            Landcadia Holdings, Inc.

            Industrea Acquisition Corp.

            GTY Technology Holdings Inc.

            Platinum Eagle Acquisition Corp.

            New Frontier Corp.

            Boxwood Merger Corp.

            B. Riley Principal Merger Corp.

            Diamond Eagle Acquisition Corp.

            Work highlights

            • Represented the joint placement agents in connection with the PIPE offering of Northern Genesis Acquisition Corp II, a SPAC, in its definitive business combination with Embark Truck.
            • Represented FAST Acquisition Corp, a SPAC, in its announced business combination with Fertitta Entertainment, the parent company of Golden Nugget/Landry’s.
            • Represented Holicity Inc, a SPAC, in its business combination agreement that resulted in Astra becoming a publicly-traded company.

            Finance > Commercial lending Tier 4

            Winston & Strawn LLP‘s position in the debt finance middle-market is well established. Capable of assisting with subordinated debt, asset-based lending and acquisition financing, the firm is particularly active in the lender space and is instructed by both banks and alternative lenders.  The group’s four team heads are split across the two main offices; Mats Carlston  and William Brewer  are based in New York, while Chicago is home to Patrick Hardiman  and Michael Mullins . The department was bolstered by the April 2021 arrival of Rachel Gray-Pundir from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, which offset the departure of Michael O’Brien  in June.

            Practice head(s):

            Mats Carlston; Michael Mullins; William Brewer; Patrick Hardiman

            Other key lawyers:

            Jason Bennet; Charles Boehrer; Rachel Gray-Pundir

            Key clients

            Antares Capital LP

            LBC Credit Partners, Inc.

            Wells Fargo Bank, National Association

            Citibank, N.A.

            Rock Hill Capital

            Crestline Investors, Inc.

            Goldman Sachs Specialty Lending Group, L.P.

            Sterling Group Credit Fund, L.P.

            Work highlights

            • Represented Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as administrative agent, in connection with an $800m cash flow revolving credit facility for Owens Corning.
            • Represented Antares Capital LP, as administrative agent, in an amendment and extension of its existing $438.35m first lien credit facility to Nellson Nutraceutical, LLC.
            • Represented an insurance financer as administrative agent and collateral agent, in connection with a $270m credit facility for RPX Corporation.

            Industry focus > Energy litigation: oil and gas Tier 4

            Winston & Strawn LLP's oil and gas litigation team sits within the wider energy and infrastructure industry group co-led by New York-based duo Rich Shutran and Mike Pikiel, Mike Blankenship in Houston and Joe Karp in San Francisco. It works closely with other departments -such as the environmental, tax, finance and real estate practices- to advise clients on all aspects of their business activities. The group’s client base includes domestic and fully-integrated international oil companies, oilfield service companies and natural gas utilities, among others. Based in Houston, Hugh Tanner chairs the oil and gas litigation practice and has extensive experience before state and federal courts, and Denise Scofield (commercial, environmental, and toxic tort lawsuits and internal investigations among other matters) is a seasoned litigator.

            Practice head(s):

            Hugh Tanner; Rich Shutran; Mike Pikiel; Mike Blankenship; Joe Karp

            Other key lawyers:

            Paula Hinton; John Keville; Tim Carey; James Nye; Denise Scofield

            Key clients

            Schlumberger

            Schlumberger Technology Corporation

            Harlan Chappelle and Michael Ellis (former officers of Alta Mesa Resources)

            Brigade Energy Services

            BP America

            Cameron International Corporation

            Seminole Electric Cooperative

            Smith International

            Work highlights

            • Represented Schlumberger in securing a complete trial victory in a breach of contract dispute in which Hess Corporation claimed Schlumberger breached the parties’ contract after the failure of safety valves bought from Schlumberger.
            • Represented Cameron International in a long-running contract dispute against Rotary Drillrigs International.
            • Representing Schlumberger in a high-stakes suit against SM Energy involving breach of contract, fraud, and other claims stemming from the development of large oil and gas-producing basin in Montana and Wyoming.

            Industry focus > Energy transactions: conventional power Tier 4

            The energy M&A team at Winston & Strawn LLP has ‘all of the necessary expertise and harnesses its institutional knowledge of its clients very well’. The practice is experienced in conventional power acquisitions and disposals, notably PPAs and offtake arrangements, and combines this with strong environmental and real estate expertise. Mike Blankenship in Houston, New York-based Mike Pikiel, Rich Shutran (also in New York) and Joe Karp in San Francisco co-lead a team of practitioners who are complemented for ‘their level of dedication to their clients’. Another key name in the area is Jonathan Birenbaum (in New York), who represents strategic and financial clients in complex transactions involving a range of structures and assets.

            Practice head(s):

            Mike Blankenship; Mike Pikiel; Rich Shutran; Joe Karp

             

            Other key lawyers:

            Jonathan Birenbaum; Amanda Sewell

            Testimonials

            The M&A team at Winston has all of the necessary expertise and harnesses its institutional knowledge of its clients very well. What makes the team special is their level of dedication to their clients. They are always available to their clients, happy to help, and a pleasure to speak with. Though not litigators, they advocate for their client in a reasonable and even-handed manner, building credibility with all parties’ counsel.

            Jonathan Birenbaum is a wonderful human being. If he were a physician, he would be described as having a gracious, witty, and kind bedside manner. His gregariousness belies his years of experience, industriousness, and insight as to how to avoid future potential perils. Jonathan is a wonderful mentor to his team members, including Amanda Sewell, who herself is a pleasure to work with. Amanda’s good nature and attitude similarly disguise her critical mind, attention to detail, and fierce advocacy for her clients’ best interests.

            Key clients

            Capital Power

            Exelon

            ProEnergy Holding Company

            Clearway Energy

            Axium Infrastructure

            Seminole Electric Cooperative

            Work highlights

            • Represented ProEnergy in a project financing for a new 288MW gas-fired electric generation facility in Brazoria County, Texas. which the company will develop, own, and operate.
            • Represented ProEnergy in a project financing for a new 288MW gas-fired electric generation facility in Fort Bend County, Texas, which the company will develop, own, and operate.
            • Represented the joint book-running managers as underwriters’ counsel in two registered public offerings for Commonwealth Edison Company; valued at $1.15bn.

            Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers Tier 4

            The ‘well-coordinated, high quality’ healthcare team at Winston & Strawn LLP offers expertise on transactions and compliance to its clientele. Litigation is another key strength of the group, with Chicago-based practice co-head David Dahlquist representing Northshore Health facility in a challenge to its Covid-19 vaccine mandate, and also offering antitrust expertise. Also key are Washington DC-based co-heads Reed Stephens and Amandeep Sidhu, who are known for their False Claims act and FDA regulatory expertise.

            Practice head(s):

            David Dahlquist; Reed Stephens

            Other key lawyers:

            Amandeep Sidhu; Guy Collier

            Testimonials

            ‘Very strong team. Well-coordinated, high quality. Diversity throughout. High integrity.’

            ‘Guy Collier is amazing.’

            ‘Winston & Strawn was a wonderful partner and guide during a challenging process. The team worked well together, with each individual contributing distinct and valuable expertise. Everyone was cooperative and respectful of the work our team members were balancing, in addition to tasks related to the matter.’

            ‘The partners were extremely communicative and proactive in preparing us throughout the process. Everyone, from the partners to the associates, quickly ramped up and became well-versed in the nuances of our organization. We felt respected, considered, and confident that the team was fully dedicated to the matter.’

            Key clients

            Ascension Health

            Chesapeake Regional Medical Center

            Delta Dental Insurance Company

            Englewood Healthcare Foundation

            GraniteOne Health

            Howard University

            NorthShore University Health System

            PJC Investments

            Ready Responders, Inc.

            RLH Equity Partners

            RWJBarnabas Health

            St. Luke’s Hospital

            The Vistria Group

            Universal Health Services, Inc.

            Work highlights

            • Represented Englewood Healthcare Foundation in a hearing seeking to block the $500m proposed merger between Hackensack Meridian Health and Englewood.
            • Representing Universal Health Services, Inc. in a unique public-private partnership with the District of Columbia to create a new academically affiliated community hospital.
            • Representing GraniteOne Health in its merger with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

            Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission) Tier 4

            The fact that there are those who consider Tom Jarvis, head of the practice at Winston & Strawn LLP, to be ‘one of the most experienced attorneys in the ITC practice’ is hardly surprising. Not only does Jarvis have a decades-long ITC track record under his belt, but he also served for many years as senior investigative attorney at the ITC before jumping back into the private practice. The technology, electronics and telecoms sectors make up the bulk of the group’s caseload. The team garners additional praise for its ‘outstanding technical and patent skills’ as well as for its ‘unparalleled communication and trial’ capabilities.

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            Testimonials

            ‘The go-to firm for bet-the-company ITC/337 litigation.’

            ‘Tom Jarvis has an exceptional understanding of the many procedural and substantive nuances of ITC/337 practice, outstanding technical and patent skills, unparalleled communication and trial skills, and a solid, well-respected client-relationship rapport practice.’

            ‘This practice depends on the combination of knowledge of intellectual property rights law (especially patent law), understanding of the technologies most often at issue, strong litigation skills, and mastery of the special rules and procedures for ITC investigations. The team excels in each of these areas.’

            ‘The key individual in this team is Tom Jarvis, a former official at the USITC who understands the legal and technical issues, the different areas of law, and the special requirements for ITC litigation.’ 

            ‘Tom Jarvis is one of the most experienced attorneys in the ITC practice, having served with the ITC for many years, before going into private practice. He is a top litigator.’

            Key clients

            Ericsson, Inc., Ericsson AB, and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson

            Comcast Corporation

            Olympus Corporation

            Walmart Inc.

            GoVision LLC

            The Chamberlain Group

            Work highlights

            • Represented complainant Ericsson in a four-patent ITC litigation against five Samsung companies.
            • Defended Ericsson against Samsung’s four-patent litigation involving tower-side electronics used in cellular systems.

            Labor and employment > Labor and employment disputes (including collective actions): defense Tier 4

            Winston & Strawn LLP is noted for dealing with a range of employment disputes in connection with discrimination, whistleblower, wrongful termination and trade secret matters. The practice is led by Chicago-based Michael Roche, who handles wage and hour class actions and pay equity claims. Working alongside him is Rex Sessions, with over 30 years of experience in strategic counseling. The team also features San-Francisco-based Joan Fife, with expertise in class actions, and Monique Ngo-Bonnici, who divides her time between Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, and handles a wide spectrum of employment related claims. Changes to the team include Ben Ostrander making partner in December 2020, and Daniel Fazio departing for DLA Piper LLP (US) in September 2021.

            Practice head(s):

            Michael Roche

            Key clients

            Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

            LVMH Luis Vuitton Moet Hennessy

            Accenture

            US Foods, Inc.

            US Bancorp

            United States Women’s National Soccer Team

            Pasha Automotive Services

            Penske Motor Group

            Diamond Foods

            Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.

            Work highlights

            • Providing LVMH with labor and employment services for all of its US affiliates.
            • Advised Accenture on employment litigation and all company aspects of employment law.
            • Acted for a collection of US Banks and respective subsidiaries to remedy and negotiate employee disputes.

            Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 4

            Winston & Strawn LLP‘s global privacy and data security practice offers counseling in privacy, data protection, data security by design, litigation, trade secret audits, and investigation matters. The team is led by former federal prosecutors Sheryl Falk and Steven Grimes, who sit in Houston and Chicago, respectively, and former federal privacy regulator Alessandra Swanson, also in Chicago. Other key contacts in Chicago include Sean Wieber, who recently stood out for acting in a class action filed under the CCPA’s new private right of action, and associate Eric Shinabarger, who focuses on privacy counseling, data breach response, and regulatory compliance.

            Practice head(s):

            Sheryl Falk; Steve Grimes; Alessandra Swanson

            Testimonials

            ‘Competency, collaboration, and expert advice that combine to form the basis of exceptional service from a team of subject-matter experts.’

            ‘Experience to lead clients through the most challenging of global data protection and privacy issues. Better than most in the field.’

            ‘Client first and foremost.’

            Key clients

            LandPoint LLC

            Sunshine Behavioral Health

            Silva International, Inc.

            MAAC Machinery Company, Inc.

            Work highlights

            • Represented LandPoint and employees, defendants in a Trade Secret claim and TRO brought by Plaintiff, Transglobal Services, LLC, in the District Court of Tarrant County, Texas.
            • Representing Silva International, Inc. in connection with a BIPA class action in the Circuit Court of Cook County.
            • Represented Sunshine Behavioral Health in the nation’s first class action filed under the CCPA’s new private right action in the Central District of California, where plaintiff sought to represent a class of individuals alleging that the client did not adequately protect the personally identifying information of the proposed class members.

            Real estate Tier 4

            Winston & Strawn LLP is active across the New York, California, Illinois, and Texas real estate markets. Finance partner Corey Tessler chairs the national practice from New York and is assisted by Los Angeles colleague, Paul Walker, an expert in real property and loan portfolio purchase and sale transactions, and equity investments. Walker joined from Sidley Austin LLP, along with Bruce Fraser and Elizabeth Walker, in February 2021,  and were later joined by Matthew Friedrich from Greenberg Traurig LLP in August. Elsewhere, its Chicago team is led by Andrew White, while Billie Ellis in Dallas is also a key member.

            Practice head(s):

            Corey Tessler; Paul Walker; Andrew White; Billie Ellis

            Testimonials

            ‘All members of the team work very well together and are able to complement each others skills. highly effective team.’

            ‘The WS real estate lawyers with whom I’ve worked, consistently demonstrate an outstanding understanding both of the law and the business exigencies that drive deals. They are pragmatic, results-oriented professionals.’

            ‘Billie Ellis is a nationally recognized expert in the field of real estate law. His extensive experience, coupled with an extraordinarily bright mind, makes his assistance un-equalled. ’

            ‘Very responsive, able to bring in colleagues from other areas of the firm to address questions in an efficient manner.’

            Key clients

            Atlas Capital LLC

            REfocus Real Estate, LLC

            Arbor Investments/DPI Specialty Foods, Inc.

            NexPoint Advisors, L.P.

            Goldman Sachs & Co.

            Priderock Capital Partners, LLC

            Work highlights

            • Represented REfocus Real Estate, LLC in connection with a joint venture that acquired eight (8) student housing properties totalling 5,416 beds across the U.S.
            • Acted for NexPoint Advisors, L.P. and certain affiliates in connection with loans totalling approximately $512m from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. for NexPoint’s acquisition of Jernigan Capital, Inc. and future growth of NexPoint Storage Partners.
            • Advised Atlas Capital LLC in connection with the acquisition and financing of retail and mixed-use projects located in Baldwin Hills, Carson, Eagle Rock and Pasadena, California.

            Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences Tier 5

            Winston & Strawn LLP stands out for its litigation expertise, advising on a blend of IP and product liability matters. Its product liability team has been involved in a blend of opiate-related cases, notably acting for Hikma Pharmaceuticals in Ohio, and other class actions. Transactions are another area of expertise, supplemented by a strong antitrust focus. Washington DC-based Charles Klein is a key name for patent litigation and Los Angeles-based Nimalka Wickramasekera is an expert on medical device cases. The team is co-led by Chicago-based David Dahlquist and DC-based Reed Stephens.

            Practice head(s):

            David Dahlquist; Reed Stephens

            Key clients

            Abbott Laboratories

            Alphatec Holdings

            Hikma Pharmaceuticals

            Monsanto Company

            MSN Laboratories

            Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc.

            Work highlights

            • Representing Hikma in the national opiate litigation.
            • Representing Abbott Laboratories in a series of product liability lawsuits alleging that cow milk-based preterm infant formula products cause a gastrointestinal disorder in premature infants
            • Represented Sandoz in patent proceedings for its drug Otezla.

            Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 5

            Fund formation work is the cornerstone of the practice at Winston & Strawn LLP – the group provides expert advice on the gamut of strategies, including venture, growth, buyout, fund of funds, international, private credit, aviation, infrastructure, and real estate. The offering is also well versed in issues concerning special circumstances relating to funds, such as sponsor separations and breakups, defaulting limited partners, fund restructurings and liquidity solutions, internal investigations, and permanent capital solutions. Small business investment company funds mandates are another area of expertise; Chicago-based Alan Roth is the key contact for such matters. Meg Frey heads up the department from Chicago, where she is supported by recognized attorneys Megan Devaney and Brad Mandel. The team also has a concerted presence in New York, where Beth Kramer and Scott Naidech are the names to note.  

            Practice head(s):

            Meg Frey

            Testimonials

            ‘Knowledgeable and (promptly) responsive on a wide variety of matters and issues, beyond private equity funds per se, to and including foreign office establishment and hiring, employment matters, and dealing with strategic investors in our firm.’

            ‘Megan Devaney – knowledgeable and responsive on specific delicate issues.’

            Key clients

            57 Stars LLC

            Adams Street Partners

            AON Corporation

            Commonfund

            Corrum Capital Management LLC

            GCP Capital Partners

            Grosvenor Capital Management, LP

            HarbourVest Partners

            Invenergy, LLC

            Lafayette Square

            Larrain Vial Activos S.A. Administradora

            Moelis Asset Management LP

            NOVA Infrastructure, LLC

            Origami Capital Partners

            Paceline Equity Partners, LP

            RCP Advisors, LLC

            Sandler Capital Management

            SCL Energía Activa S.A.

            Southern Cross Group

            StepStone Group LP

            U.S. Realty Advisors, LLC

            Volery Capital Management, LLC

            Work highlights

            • Represented Paceline Equity Partners -a private equity manager focused on value-oriented and special situations investments across real assets, corporate debt, and private equity in all market environments – in the final closing of its first fund and Cayman Islands parallel fund.
            • Advised Corrum Capital Management on the formation of two funds of one for large pension plans targeting investments in private credit and aviation.
            • Assisted Oria Capital with the formation of Oria Fund III, an Ontario limited partnership.

            M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts Tier 5

            Winston & Strawn LLP offers a geographically diverse team, with key strength in New York, Dallas, and most notably on the West Coast, where the firm continues to work regularly on growth investments for funds and portfolio companies in the tech and innovation sectors, with LA-based Eva Davis the key name in that space. Elsewhere, the firm handles work for bulge-bracket through to middle market funds and their targets, alongside other equity investors, with broad coverage of industry sectors. The practice is co-led by New York-based Bradley Vaiana , who advises funds on leveraged buyouts, take privates, and exits, with expertise in PIPE transactions and real estate investments in particular. Matthew Stockstill in Dallas co-heads the team, working with private equity funds, institutional investors, and family offices on transactions and financing matters. Chicago’s Matthew Bergmann is also noted as an active dealmaker with a solid stable of funds clients, with Dallas-based David Lange also handling a broad range of transactions, alongside associated corporate governance matters.

            Practice head(s):

            Brad Vaiana; Matt Stockstill

            Other key lawyers:

            Eva Davis; Matthew Bergmann; David Lange

            Key clients

            A&M Capital Advisors

            Arbor Investments

            Argand Partners

            Atlas Holdings

            Century Park Capital Partners

            CSL Capital Management

            CORE Industrial Partners

            Diversis Capital

            EOS Partners

            Frontenac Company

            GenNx360 Capital Partners

            Highland Avenue Capital Partners

            Hudson Hill Capital

            Kainos Capital, LP

            MML Capital Partners

            Paceline Equity Partners

            Pacific Avenue Capital Partners

            Revelstoke Capital Partners

            Reverence Capital Partners

            Riordan, Lewis & Haden, Inc.

            Shamrock Capital Advisors

            Shore Capital Partners

            The Vistria Group

            VMG Partners

            Water Street Healthcare Partners

            Windjammer Capital Investors

            Work highlights

            • Represented Echo Global Logistics, Inc in its definitive agreement to be acquired by funds managed by The Jordan Company.
            • Represented Kainos Capital in its acquisition of Nutrisystem.
            • Represented RLH Equity Partners in the sale of the company to GHO Capital Partners.

            Dispute resolution > International trade

            Following the arrival of Washington DC-based group head Cari Stinebower in 2019, Winston & Strawn LLP has been a trade team in growth mode. In 2021, the group welcomed Los Angeles-based white-collar crime specialist Carol Alexis Chen, who joined from the US Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Additionally, Tyler McGaughey joined in Washington DC, he formerly served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Investment Security at the Treasury.

            Latin America: International firms > Banking and finance

            Winston & Strawn LLP‘s core Latin America team remains active in restructurings, financings, securitisations and other financings that straddle traditional bank lending and the capital markets. The firm’s strong ties to Latin American businesses brings it a steady pipeline of financing engagements, including corporate loans and project financings. For example, in 2020 it advised long-term client Enel Américas on a $150m senior unsecured revolving credit facility entered into with BBVA, Crédit Agricole and the Bank of Nova Scotia. Talbert Navia co-chairs the Latin America group, is of Colombian heritage, and has an impressive record in acquisition finance and corporate loans. Claude Serfilippi is noted for energy financings and Allen Miller, the other team co-chair, is key to capital markets-related financings. Younger, Los Angeles-based partner Francisco Flores has also been active, handliing both borrower and lender-side mandates - particularly in the fintech segment. The April-2021 arrival of Rodrigo Carvalho was another significant development for the practice; formerly head of investment banking (legal division) at the Bank of America in Sao Paulo, in addition to his financial, capital markets and corporate M&A practice, he will lead the firm's formation of an affiliated foreign legal consultancy firm in Brazil.

            Practice head(s):

            Allen Miller; Talbert Navia

            Work highlights

            • Represented Enel Américas in a $150m senior unsecured revolving credit facility entered into with BBVA, Crédit Agricole and the Bank of Nova Scotia
            • Represented Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in its loan to Latin America Power Peru to repay existing debt to Banco BTG Pactual, Banco Internacional del Perú, CAF and Cofide.

            Winston & Strawn LLP is an international law firm with more than 975 attorneys among 16 offices in Brussels; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas; Hong Kong; Houston; London; Los Angeles; Miami; New York; Paris; San Francisco; São Paulo; Shanghai; Silicon Valley; and Washington, DC.

            Winston was founded in Chicago in 1853 by Frederick H Winston, who was joined by the firm’s other named partner, Silas H Strawn, in 1894. Winston has built its reputation on the quality and character of its lawyers, past and present, many of whom are recognized leaders in the American legal community. The firm’s history of more than 160 years is a chronicle of individuals and events that have helped shape the firm and create the strong foundation on which it continues to build. Today, Winston is one of the largest law firms in the United States through a series of mergers, office openings and lateral hires in the past two decades.

            The firm serves the needs of enterprises of all types and sizes, in both the private and public sectors. The exceptional depth and geographic reach of its resources enable Winston to manage virtually every type of business-related legal issue.

            Winston understands that clients look for value beyond just legal experience. With this in mind, the firm works hard to understand the level of involvement its clients require of it. The firm’s lawyers take time to learn about clients’ organizations and their business objectives. Significant emphasis is placed on technology and teamwork in an effort to respond quickly and effectively to clients’ needs.

            Winston remains committed to the traditions of client service, professional development and community involvement instilled by its leaders of the past, while embracing the innovations driving the legal profession in the 21st century.

            Main areas of practice: The firm’s main areas of practice include: litigation, corporate and finance, mergers and acquisitions and securities, labor and employment, intellectual property, international arbitration, real estate, tax, energy, environmental, employee benefits and executive compensation, financial services, healthcare, maritime and admiralty, antitrust/competition, restructuring, sports, white-collar, securities litigation, private equity, appellate and critical motions, REITs, restructuring, E-discovery and trusts and estates.

            DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
            Antitrust/competition Jeffrey Kessler
            Antitrust/competition Eva Cole
            Appellate and critical motions Linda Coberly
            Corporate and finance Dominick DeChiara
            Employee benefits and executive compensation Scott Landau
            Employee benefits and executive compensation Nancy Gerrie
            Energy Joseph Karp
            Environmental Eleni Kouimelis
            Healthcare Ari Markenson
            Healthcare David Dahlquist
            Intellectual property David Enzminger
            Intellectual property Tom Lane
            Intellectual property Chuck Klein
            International arbitration Ricardo Ugarte
            Labor and employment Michael Roche
            Litigation George Lombardi
            Litigation Steve D'Amore
            Maritime and admiralty Charlie Papavizas
            Mergers and acquisitions and securities Chris Zochwoski
            Mergers and acquisitions and securities Matt Bergman
            Private equity Brad Vaiana
            Private equity Eva Davis
            REITs Bryan Goolsby
            Restructuring Carey Schreiber
            Securities litigation James Smith III
            Tax Rob Heller
            Tax Olga Loy
            Trusts and estates William Doyle
            Sports Jeffrey Kessler
            Sports David Feher
            White-collar Seth Farber
            Number of Partners : 422
            Number of Other Fee-Earners : 690
            Other Staff : 800